Cheers: Season 9 (1990 - 1991)

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Air date: Sep 20, 1990

Season eight of Cheers ended with Sam (Ted Danson) and Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) on the sofa in his office, poised to consummate their new-found relationship. Season nine opens "the morning after" (more or less), with Rebecca staunchly denying to everyone -- including herself -- that she has slept with Sam. When Rebecca's ex-zillionaire boyfriend Robin Colcord (Roger Rees), now a fugitive from justice, suddenly shows up, he begs Rebecca to tell him that nothing went on between her and Sam -- prompting a surprising response from Sam.

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Air date: Sep 27, 1990

The folks at Cheers challenge their rivals at Gary's Olde Towne Tap to a grudge basketball game. When Sam (Ted Danson) finds out that Gary plans to cheat his way to victory, he brings in a ringer: Cheers' temporary bartender (and full-time Boston Celtic) Kevin McHale. But McHale will agree to play only on a very special condition. This episode was dedicated to Cheers casting director and AIDs activist Stephen Kolzak, who died September 19, 1990.

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Air date: Oct 4, 1990

With Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) out of the picture, an overworked Sam (Ted Danson) hires a new manager for Cheers, a likeable fellow named Earl (Bryan Clark). Before long, Earl has become the most popular person in the establishment, which greatly depresses Sam when he learns that Rebecca is so desperate for work that she has been reduced to modeling in an auto show.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1990

In a replay of the Donald Trump-Marla Maples imbroglio, a former girlfriend of imprisoned millionaire Robin Colcord publicly declares that he's still in love with her. Robin's most recent amour, Rebecca (Kirstie Alley), pretends not to care, but is secretly plotting a spectacular revenge. And how about Carla's (Rhea Perlman) dormant love life?

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Air date: Oct 18, 1990

Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is none too thrilled when his mother (Frances Sternhagen) pays an extended visit. Making matters worse, Mom takes a shine to Woody (Woody Harrelson), virtually adopting the affable bartender as "the son I never had." Back at Cheers, the gang tangles with some construction workers, and Norm (George Wendt) gets stuck in a barred window.

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Air date: Oct 25, 1990

Norm (George Wendt) is beside himself when he learns that his favorite eatery, The Hungry Heifer, is about to close. Galvanized into action, Norm starts circulating petitions to keep the Heifer on all fours. Meanwhile, Sam (Ted Danson) gets his digs in at Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) when her imprisoned millionaire sweetheart Robin Colcord shows up as part of a convict road gang just outside Cheers. Though "Grease" was technically the series' 200th telecast, the producers regarded "Bad Neighbor Sam" (telecast three weeks later) as the official 200th episode.

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Air date: Nov 1, 1990

Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth) are convinced that they aren't providing their infant son Frederick with proper care. After all, how could it be otherwise, since the boy has been diagnosed with only average intelligence? Meanwhile, Carla (Rhea Perlman) tries to arrange a clandestine conjugal visit between Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) and her imprisoned boyfriend Robin Colcord (Roger Rees).

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Air date: Nov 8, 1990

In an event deemed worthy of a TV Guide cover, the cast and crew of Cheers celebrates the series' 200th episode. Moderated by John McLaughlin of The McLaughlin Group fame, this special telecast not only features the then-current cast of Cheers, but also several former regulars and semi-regulars. Foremost among the latter is Shelley Long, whose much-publicized acrimonious exit from the series in 1987 made viewers wonder if she would dare wander into any sort of "reunion" (but she did). Innumerable highlights from past episodes are shown, and there's a special tribute to the departed members of the company, notably Nicholas Colasanto as the beloved Coach. Originally telecast as a one-hour special, this episode has since been divided into two half-hours for syndication.

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Air date: Nov 8, 1990

In an event deemed worthy of a TV Guide cover, the cast and crew of Cheers celebrates the series' 200th episode. Moderated by John McLaughlin of The McLaughlin Group fame, this special telecast not only features the then-current cast of Cheers, but also several former regulars and semi-regulars. Foremost among the latter is Shelley Long, whose much-publicized acrimonious exit from the series in 1987 made viewers wonder if she would dare wander into any sort of "reunion" (but she did). Among the highlights from past episodes are several outtakes, the fabled food fight from the 1986 Thanksgiving episode, and the 1989 dream sequences in which Sam (Ted Danson) forces himself on Rebecca (Kirstie Alley), and vice versa. Originally telecast as a one-hour special, this episode has since been divided into two half-hours for syndication.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1990

A feud of epic proportions ensues when snobbish John Hill (Keene Curtis, in his first series appearance) purchases the building housing Cheers and establishes a upscale seafood restaurant upstairs called Melville's. It's bad enough to put up with the new restrictions upon his own bar, but when Sam (Ted Danson) has to stand by while Hill issues orders to his staff, it's just too much. And who took those provocative photographs of Woody's (Woody Harrelson) girl friend Kelly? Billed as the 200th episode of Cheers, "Bad Neighbor Sam" was actually the 203rd to be telecast.

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Series 1 of the sitcom set in a friendly Boston bar run by Sam Malone, a former Red Sox pitcher and recovering alcoholic.

Critic Reviews for Cheers Season 9

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[Kirstie] Alley remains funny as a woman who always seems to find a new pathetic low, and [Ted] Danson shows not only leading-man star power but a limber genius for physical comedy.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

With some of the most focused writing and strong performances by an elite cast, it is unlikely that we will see another season of a comedy series so highly adorned ever again.

Apr 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Season 9 may get a little soapy with Rebecca's on-and-off wedding, but the regulars at Cheers had a comeback for everything. And that kept viewers coming back.

Jan 19, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cheers: Season 9

  • Nov 17, 2016
    Cheers writing staff got a bit lazy in season nine. They wrote less jokes and had more reaction shots and turned the characters into buffoons. It was still mostly funny despite losing a little bit of charm.

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